For the second time this year we are treated to the unusual site of all five visible planets in the sky at once. The view won't be quite as good as six months ago, but it can be many years between these opportunities. You need a location with a clear dark view of the western horizon, because Venus will only be a couple of degrees above the horizon after sunset. Here's the view for tonight from SkySafari Pro on my iPad:
The view of the planets spread out across the sky along the ecliptic is spectacular. Here's an image I captured last February with all five visible planets and the Moon spread out across nearly half the sky. Mercury is about 10 degree above the horizon. See the image details page to download the full size image:
Content created: 2016-07-28
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